A quick post to show you an example of the botanical wonder I feel out in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, we have magnolias in Michigan, mostly trees with small white star flowers and the pink center saucer variety.
We do not have magnificent examples like this. No, the bloom isn't as big as the car tire I happen to get in this photo, but this perfect waxy bloom was far larger than my outstretched hand. I took this photo on June 10th in Bellevue, Washington. Is this in a botanical garden? Nope, a shopping center with a Target. I love this area.
I think this is a Magnolia Granidflora. As soon as I confirm the variety, I'll update it here.